Sunday, June 11, 2017

From Dawn to Sunset

According to an 1858 newspaper account, what event took from dawn to sunset to complete in Salt Lake City?
a.                  Salt Lake City’s first marathon
b.                  The first pioneer day parade
c.                   Johnston’s army marching through Salt Lake City
d.                  Church
Yesterday’s answer:
D.   That a huge buffalo herd will arrive in a few days
From the life of Ephraim Hanks:   A large tribe of Sioux were encamped a short distance away, and Eph felt impressed to visit them. As soon as he reached their camp, he made his way to the chief’s tent where he found no one present except an elderly female. Soon, however, the chief came, and the lodge was filled with representative members of the tribe. As Ephraim took his place among them, the chief wanted to know who he was and where he came from. Eph answered that he lived in the mountains and belonged to the people who had pulled handcarts across the plains, that his chief’s name was Brigham Young, who sometimes talked with the Great Spirit. The chief then wanted to know if Hanks himself could talk with the Great Spirit, which question the scout answered in the affirmative. The chief then spoke a few words to the assembled warriors. A number of them left the lodge, and in a few moments they returned, carrying an Indian boy in a blanket.
   It seemed that the boy, while out on a buffalo hunt, had been thrown from his horse. His back was so badly injured that he had not been able to move for months. The chief, pointing to the boy, asked Eph if he would talk to the Great Spirit in behalf of the injured lad, which Eph consented to do. After the clothing had been removed from the boy’s body, Eph anointed the afflicted parts with consecrated oil, which he always carried with him, and then administered to him in the name of Jesus Christ, promising that he should be made whole from that very moment. The boy immediately arose from his bed of affliction and walked out of the lodge, to the astonishment of all who saw.
   Eph informed the Indians that a company of freighters at Ash Hollow, which he was about to escort to the States, was nearly out of provisions and wanted to know what they could do towards replenishing their food supply. They told him that there had been no buffaloes in that section of the country for months and that their people were on the eve of starvation because of it. Upon hearing this, it is related that the spirit of prophecy came upon Ephraim to a remarkable degree and that he promised them in the name of the Great Spirit that within three days from that time, the whole country for miles around would be overrun with buffaloes, which prediction caused a general stir throughout the camp. He then bade them good-bye and returned to his camp, but he said nothing to his companions about what had occurred.
   On the next morning, as the company was about to start on its six-hundred-mile journey, about thirty prominent Indians formed into lines on either side of the road, and as Eph passed by in the lead wagon, each of them gave him a package of the choicest kind of sausage, made from buffalo meat, which proved to be nothing short of a Godsend to them all.
   The Indians were anxious to learn when their pale-faced benefactor would return, for, by this time, they had become intensely interested in the man whose prayer could heal the sick and who promised them meat when they were in need of food. Ephraim informed them that he would return later in the season and as he passed that way would call upon them. Tears were seen upon their dusky cheeks as he gave them another parting shake of the hand and bade them farewell. . . .
   Hanks and Little remained in the States for several months, and after gathering information concerning Johnston’s Army, they started for home about the first of June with three wagons loaded with mail. When they arrived in the neighborhood of Ash Hollow, they were greeted by the overjoyed Indians who had been looking for Eph’s return. They celebrated the fact that three days after his departure, one of the largest herds of bison that had been seen in that part of the country had passed by and that the bison saved them from starvation.

Lesson Committee, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Company, 1995), 6:375-376.

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